Sierra Voices Presentations 2013 Recap

December 9, 2013 8:09 am Published by Leave your thoughts


Written by Robert Knapp

The fourth season of Sierra Voices has once again been very successful.  The word is out, the place to be on the second Saturday of the month (May – October) is at the museum at Shaver Lake listening to presenters who have a deep connection to the history and preservation of the central Sierra.

The Central Sierra Historical Society hosts these presentations at our beautiful museum located adjacent to Camp Edison on the shores of Shaver Lake.  The mission of the Society is to enrich the cultural and educational experiences of the visitors to the central Sierra Nevada by deepening their understanding of the human and natural history of the area.    The museum’s exhibits highlight three regions, alpine, forest and foothill, and the Sierra Voices attempt to cover each region in our selection of presenters.

The fourth season began in May with Jeff Young presenting an historical portrait of Shaver Lake in the early 1900”s.  Supported by early photos and Jeff’s insightful narrative, early Shaver Lake was celebrated. Our June presenter was Andy MacMillan from the Edison Hydro Division at Big Creek, who gave us a detailed, historical look at the development of the “Dawning of the Hydroelectric Age,” and how the natural assets of the Central Sierra were essential in that development.   In July, Darinda Otto, who grew up alongside the S.J. and E. railroad bed, and who operates a museum at the original station near Big Creek, described the historical significance of the building of the railroad, and how essential it was to the development of Big Creek and the current hydro project.

The topic for August was “Rocks, Caves, and Mines of the Central Sierra” and due to a lost minute change, Jeff Young stepped in and presented an informative and entertaining look at rock formations and the local mines in the area.  In September, Sierra Voices had two presentations.  On Labor Day the Davis family from Auberry, demonstrated how the earliest residents of the Central Sierra used the natural resources to sustain their lifestyle for centuries.  On September 14th, Dr. Brian Clague, described the relationship of plants to their environment and how man has been able to identify and use plants to sustain and enhance the quality of life.  Finishing the 2013 series on October 12, Alvin Gould, nationally know saddlemaker and leather artisan, talked about his 35 years of  creating custom made pieces which include saddles, tack, gun belts, and other creative leather goods.

Next spring will be our fifth year and we are looking forward to providing more presenters who will continue to highlight the unique qualities of the three regions of the central Sierra.  Be sure and check our website sometime in March for the list of presenters for 2014.

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